Keywords: S. V. Maksimov, Vladimir province, Sudogda, ethnography, crafts, ofen, travel.
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Fedoseeva, M. S. “Expedition to the Vladimir Province 1855 in the Сreative Biography of S. V. Maksimov.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 4, no. 4, 2022, pp. 72–101. (In Russ.)

Author: Maria S. Fedoseeva
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Maria S. Fedoseeva, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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Received: July 29, 2022
Approved after reviewing: September 20, 2022
Published: December 25, 2022
Issue: 2022 Volume 4 No. 4
Department: Russian Literature of the 18th–19th Centuries
Pages: 72–101

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The article is devoted to the journey of the writer-ethnographer S. V. Maksimov in the Vladimir province, which took place in the summer of 1855 during his first large expedition — in the Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod and Vyatka provinces. Despite the fact that Maximov’s impressions were not immediately reflected and formed into a framed text, they had a significant impact on the writer’s work. Comparison of the first published archival manuscript of Maximov, dedicated to the crafts of Sudogodsky district, and the books “In the East” (1864), “Siberia and penal servitude” (section “Prison Dictionary”) (1871), “Wandering Russia for Christ’s Sake” (1877), “Winged Words. It is not for nothing and not for nothing that the word is said and will not break until the century” (1899), as well as the involvement of sources used by Maximov, demonstrates the features of the writer’s creative laboratory, the transformation of factual material into an artistic text. The study of the results of Maksimov’s journey allows to speak about the significant role of the trip both for Maksimov’s creativity (in terms of the accumulation of aterial to which he will repeatedly refer, the formation of the principles of writing and ethnographic work, etc.) and for the local history of the Vladimir Region.


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